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21st Nov '17 9:49:49 PM Dimon
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Much like a [[IJustWantToBeSpecial super-power groupie]], these people will try to get super powers by mimicking their betters, often at great risk by trying to replicate how [[HowToGiveACharacterSuperpowers heroes get their powers]]. If enough people get this idea, or the government gets behind it, then it becomes a case of UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans. This can include [[HumanResources organ theft]], free SuperSerum, [[ArtificialLimbs cyber augmentations]] half off, and in general making {{Emergency Transformation}}s routine [[WeCanRebuildHim medical procedures]]. Interestingly, though this group means well, anyone aspiring to power (even if they want to share it) is inevitably [[AmbitionIsEvil misguided]] if not [[ScaleOfScientificSins outright evil,]] because a muggle should NeverBeAHero. The route of BadassNormal seems to have much better odds, on the other hand.

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Much like a [[IJustWantToBeSpecial super-power groupie]], these people will try to get super powers by mimicking their betters, often at great risk by trying to replicate how [[HowToGiveACharacterSuperpowers heroes get their powers]]. If enough people get this idea, or the government gets behind it, then it becomes a case of UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans. This can include [[HumanResources organ theft]], include OrganTheft, free SuperSerum, [[ArtificialLimbs cyber augmentations]] half off, and in general making {{Emergency Transformation}}s routine [[WeCanRebuildHim medical procedures]]. Interestingly, though this group means well, anyone aspiring to power (even if they want to share it) is inevitably [[AmbitionIsEvil misguided]] if not [[ScaleOfScientificSins outright evil,]] because a muggle should NeverBeAHero. The route of BadassNormal seems to have much better odds, on the other hand.
29th Oct '17 2:07:44 AM Yozzy
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', every major supernatural power is scared of humanity as a whole realizing that they exist. Individual humans may just be cattle to the supernaturals, but there are a whole lot of us, and we have guns and tanks and nukes. Harry once made the comparison that regular humans are the nukes of the supernatural world. When two scary guys duke it out where the public can see them, even if one is on their side, regular people would burn the both of them at the stake to be able to sleep at night. As author Jim Butcher describes it, a wizard can kill a mortal with about the same effort you'd expend throwing a pebble across a room. Now throw a million pebbles.

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has a few finer points to this trope.
** This trope [[DownplayedTrope isn't exactly in play]], but
every major supernatural power is scared well aware that civilization has put the framework for a strong Type 2 well in place. Hence, despite all of the bickering and rivalries, there's a tacit agreement to keep humanity as a whole realizing that they exist. Individual humans may just be cattle to [[TheMasquerade ignorant of their collective existence]] for fear [[MutuallyAssuredDestruction of the supernaturals, but there are a whole lot of us, and we have guns and tanks and nukes. consequences to all parties involved]]. Harry once made the comparison that regular humans are the nukes nuclear option of the supernatural world. When world; when two scary guys duke it out where the public can see them, even if one is on their side, regular people would burn the both of them at the stake to be able to sleep at night. As night.
** Individual humans may just be cattle and pawns to the supernaturals, but humans have numbers. All but the strongest of supernaturals can justifiably be afraid of a mob with torches and pitchforks; ever since humanity's numbers have been taking off since the Industrial Revolution, the advantage humans have had has only magnified. (As
author Jim Butcher describes it, a wizard can kill a mortal with about the same effort you'd expend throwing a pebble across a room. Now throw a million pebbles.) Human numbers alone is reason enough for most power players to fear the potential of humanity as a whole.
** In addition, we have guns and tanks and nukes. Harry Dresden, who's become something of TheDreaded to supernatural middleweights and below, and a figure of some respect for many entities of higher status, was nearly killed on several occasions due to the simple fact that the other guys used guns. To paraphrase his own words, firearms manufacturers have become the premier producers of killing implements in the mundane and supernatural world.
21st Oct '17 12:56:46 PM DVB
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** This has become a major case of BrokenAesop over the course of the various comics in the ''X-Men'' family. A great many storylines have revolved around some awesomely powerful evil mutant(s) openly threatening the world and scaring the heck out of the general population. Sure, the X-teams usually manage to stop whoever it is, but not before the landscape as been chewed up a bit. While the mutants are meant to be seen sympathetically by the readers, given the circumstances humanity's fear of mutants actually seems very rational, in particular since the [[SlidingScaleOfVillainThreat power level of mutant villains]] seems to always be increasing. Then again, [[TheDogBitesBaclhow many of those mutants]][[SelfFulfillingProphecy became villains in the first place]] because "baseline" humans [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds treated them with fear and hatred?]]

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** This has become a major case of BrokenAesop over the course of the various comics in the ''X-Men'' family. A great many storylines have revolved around some awesomely powerful evil mutant(s) openly threatening the world and scaring the heck out of the general population. Sure, the X-teams usually manage to stop whoever it is, but not before the landscape as been chewed up a bit. While the mutants are meant to be seen sympathetically by the readers, given the circumstances humanity's fear of mutants actually seems very rational, in particular since the [[SlidingScaleOfVillainThreat power level of mutant villains]] seems to always be increasing. Then again, [[TheDogBitesBaclhow [[TheDogBitesBack how many of those mutants]][[SelfFulfillingProphecy became villains in the first place]] because "baseline" humans [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds treated them with fear and hatred?]]
21st Oct '17 10:33:08 AM DVB
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** This has become a major case of BrokenAesop over the course of the various comics in the ''X-Men'' family. A great many storylines have revolved around some awesomely powerful evil mutant(s) openly threatening the world and scaring the heck out of the general population. Sure, the X-teams usually manage to stop whoever it is, but not before the landscape as been chewed up a bit. While the mutants are meant to be seen sympathetically by the readers, given the circumstances humanity's fear of mutants actually seems very rational, in particular since the [[SlidingScaleOfVillainThreat power level of mutant villains]] seems to always be increasing. Then again, how many of those mutants became villains in the first place because "baseline" humans [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds treated them with fear and hatred?]]

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** This has become a major case of BrokenAesop over the course of the various comics in the ''X-Men'' family. A great many storylines have revolved around some awesomely powerful evil mutant(s) openly threatening the world and scaring the heck out of the general population. Sure, the X-teams usually manage to stop whoever it is, but not before the landscape as been chewed up a bit. While the mutants are meant to be seen sympathetically by the readers, given the circumstances humanity's fear of mutants actually seems very rational, in particular since the [[SlidingScaleOfVillainThreat power level of mutant villains]] seems to always be increasing. Then again, how [[TheDogBitesBaclhow many of those mutants mutants]][[SelfFulfillingProphecy became villains in the first place place]] because "baseline" humans [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds treated them with fear and hatred?]]
8th Oct '17 11:17:10 PM thatother1dude
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' SuperheroEpisode, the Griffins abuse their powers to exploit the general populace, inspiring a comically poor attempt by Mayor Adam West to get his own powers by replicating their [[ILoveNuclearPower nuclear origin]], which just ends up giving him lymphoma. The crazy part is this actually ''succeeds'' at stopping the Griffins, because seeing how desperate they made him causes a HeelRealization.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' SuperheroEpisode, the Griffins abuse their powers to exploit the general populace, inspiring a comically poor attempt by Mayor Adam West to get his own powers by replicating their [[ILoveNuclearPower nuclear origin]], which origin]]. It just ends up giving him lymphoma. The crazy part is this actually ''succeeds'' at stopping the Griffins, because seeing how desperate they made him causes a HeelRealization.
13th Sep '17 4:18:47 PM thatother1dude
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->''"They're muggles, Hermione. Not morons!"''
-->-- '''Ron Weasley''', ''The Wizarding World of Harry Potter''
13th Sep '17 4:18:12 PM thatother1dude
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** There's also the whole backstory of the film, in which everybody loved supers, at first, and then they literally sued them out of existence; after Mr. Incredible was sued for his slightly rough thwarting of a man's attempted suicide, it opened the gateways for a wave of such claims, until the government forced the supers to go underground. Making things worse, one could argue that this was ''all Buddy's fault''; things might have just stopped with that first {{Jerkass}} if not for the fact that, on the same night, his disastrously malfunctioning rocketboots smashed a train-tracked bridge, and the passengers from that train then sued Mr. Incredible for ''stopping them from crashing''.

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** There's also the whole The backstory of the film, in which film is that everybody loved supers, at first, and then they literally sued them out of existence; after Mr. Incredible was sued for his slightly rough thwarting of a man's attempted suicide, it opened the gateways for a wave of such claims, until the government forced the supers to go underground. Making things worse, one could argue that this was ''all Buddy's fault''; things might have just stopped with that first {{Jerkass}} if not for the fact that, on the same night, his disastrously malfunctioning rocketboots smashed a train-tracked bridge, and the passengers from that train then sued Mr. Incredible for ''stopping them from crashing''.



* In ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem,'' [[TheFundamentalist Mary Lou Barebone]] tried to raise awareness of the, perceived, threat posed by the wizarding world by staging manifestations with her group that she calls the ''Second Salemers.''

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* In ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem,'' [[TheFundamentalist Mary Lou Barebone]] tried to raise awareness of the, perceived, threat posed by the wizarding world by staging manifestations with her group that she calls the ''Second Salemers.'' "Second Salemers".



* The Dreamers from Eric Nylund's ''Pawn's Dream'' treat non-Dreamer human life as pretty much worthless. The hero is lured into their schemes by one of them shooting his co-worker ''just to get his attention''.
* Much of the conflict in the ''Literature/WildCards'' books revolves around the complex relationship between Aces (the fortunate few with powers but no major deformities), Jokers (those mutated but with little or no powers) and Nats ("Naturals", i.e. {{Muggles}}).
* The Puritan post-apocalyptic society in Creator/JohnWyndham's ''Literature/TheChrysalids'' exterminates all mutations on sight... and 99% of them are ''totally harmless'' with stuff like 6 toes or blue skin. At the end of the book, their fanatical attitude is used to justify their extermination by a group of genuinely superpowered mutants, and this is treated as a ''good'' thing by the book.
* The third story in the ''[[Literature/StarTrekMyriadUniverses Infinity's Prism]]'' collection of ''Star Trek'' novels has an AlternateUniverse wherein Khan Noonien Singh won the Eugenics Wars. He then proceeded to create TheEmpire, which subjugated the rest of the ''Trek'' 'verse. The story concerns "Princeps" Julian Bashir of the ''Defiance'' (who is also genetically enhanced in the "normal" universe) finding the ''Botany Bay''. In the ''[=TOS=]'' episode ''[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]'', the ''Bay'' carried Khan and his followers, but in this universe, it carried regular humans on the run from the Wars. Does What Measure Is A Non-Super ensue? Oh, yeah.
* In the ''Literature/CoDominium'' universe, the genetically engineered Saurons consider unenhanced humans "cattle".
* In Nick Kyme's ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' novel ''Literature/{{Salamander|s}}'', the Marines Malevolent express shock that the Salamanders are threatening to fire on fellow Space Marines to protect a few Mechanicus survivors. [[ComesGreatResponsibility The Salamanders don't flinch.]]

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* The Dreamers from Eric Nylund's ''Pawn's Dream'' treat non-Dreamer human life as pretty much worthless. The hero is lured into their schemes by one of them shooting his co-worker ''just to get his attention''.
* Much of the conflict in the ''Literature/WildCards'' books revolves around the complex relationship between Aces (the fortunate few with powers but no major deformities), Jokers (those mutated but with little or no powers) and Nats ("Naturals", i.e. {{Muggles}}).
* The Puritan post-apocalyptic society in Creator/JohnWyndham's ''Literature/TheChrysalids'' exterminates all mutations on sight... and 99% of them are ''totally harmless'' with stuff like 6 toes or blue skin. At the end of the book, their fanatical attitude is used to justify their extermination by a group of genuinely superpowered mutants, and this is treated as a ''good'' thing by the book.\n* The third story in the ''[[Literature/StarTrekMyriadUniverses Infinity's Prism]]'' collection of ''Star Trek'' novels has an AlternateUniverse wherein Khan Noonien Singh won the Eugenics Wars. He then proceeded to create TheEmpire, which subjugated the rest of the ''Trek'' 'verse. The story concerns "Princeps" Julian Bashir of the ''Defiance'' (who is also genetically enhanced in the "normal" universe) finding the ''Botany Bay''. In the ''[=TOS=]'' episode ''[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]'', the ''Bay'' carried Khan and his followers, but in this universe, it carried regular humans on the run from the Wars. Does What Measure Is A Non-Super ensue? Oh, yeah.\n* In the ''Literature/CoDominium'' universe, the genetically engineered Saurons consider unenhanced humans "cattle".\n* In Nick Kyme's ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' novel ''Literature/{{Salamander|s}}'', the Marines Malevolent express shock that the Salamanders are threatening to fire on fellow Space Marines to protect a few Mechanicus survivors. [[ComesGreatResponsibility The Salamanders don't flinch.]]



* ''Literature/OddJohn'' justifies this trope, arguing that superhumans would see ordinary humans the same way we would see most animals. The title character even says that he sees the narrator as a 'pet'. Apparently, none of the superintelligent mutants in the book are [[ValuesDissonance animal-rights activists]].
* Most of the conflict in Nancy Kress's ''Literature/BeggarsInSpain'' trilogy revolves around this trope.
* ''Literature/{{Skinned}}'' by Robin Wasserman contains A LOT of this, especially the second book ''Crashed''. Lia Kahn gets in a car accident and is [[BrainUploading uploaded]] into a new body. Rejected by society, she moves in with rebel Jude and his gang. Jude believes that people, or "orgs", are weak and need their bodies to survive, whereas he, a mech, can do anything. Mechs have ceramic bones and titanium skulls, their bodies heal instantly, and they never tire or need food. All they are required to do is shut down occasionally and back up their memories in case their bodies are destroyed.



* A large part of ''Literature/TheInfected''. The Infected gain superpowers, but also mental disorders. The first book ''opens'' to a man trying and failing to save a woman from a serial killer, being teleported back to his apartment and then being brutally beaten by police (he was complying, to the best of his ability) taken to the station, beaten some more, then left for days in a cell to die. The situation for Infected continues to get worse as the series progresses, from simple denial of services to outright lynch mobs gathering whenever a visible or known Infected appears in public.

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* A large part of ''Literature/TheInfected''. The Infected gain superpowers, but also mental disorders. The first book ''opens'' to a man trying and failing to save a woman from a serial killer, being teleported back to his apartment and then being brutally beaten by police (he was complying, to the best of his ability) ability), taken to the station, beaten some more, then left for days in a cell to die. The situation for Infected continues to get worse as the series progresses, from simple denial of services to outright lynch mobs gathering whenever a visible or known Infected appears in public.



** The Company, a group with the ostensibly good goal of keeping tabs on all super-powered individuals and helping them cope with their powers to [[TheWorldIsNotReady protect the general public]] and maintain a {{Masquerade}}... which, thanks to evil/incompetent bosses, has devolved to the point of doing Bag and Tag's of all heroes they can find with a complimentary [[LaserGuidedAmnesia mind wipe]], and killing those deemed "[[BadPowersBadPeople too dangerous to exist]]"... unless they're [[JokerImmunity Sylar]]. And all the villains they have in storage that got released in season 3 as yet another IdiotPlot, despite Company's [[KnightTemplar willingness to kill much more decent people in the pursuit of stability]]. The Company is only a partial example -- while they do have a lot of muggle members, they have plenty of superpowered members too, and are in fact ''run'' by a group of superhumans, several of whom are actually pretty sinister.

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** The Company, a group with the ostensibly good goal of keeping tabs on all super-powered individuals and helping them cope with their powers to [[TheWorldIsNotReady protect the general public]] and maintain a {{Masquerade}}... which, thanks to evil/incompetent bosses, has devolved to the point of doing Bag and Tag's of all heroes they can find with a complimentary [[LaserGuidedAmnesia mind wipe]], and killing those deemed "[[BadPowersBadPeople too dangerous to exist]]"... unless they're [[JokerImmunity Sylar]]. And all the villains they have in storage that got released in season 3 as yet another IdiotPlot, despite Company's [[KnightTemplar willingness to kill much more decent people in the pursuit of stability]]. The Company is only a partial example -- Granted, while they do have a lot of muggle members, they have plenty of superpowered members too, and are in fact ''run'' by a group of superhumans, several of whom are actually pretty sinister.



** Volume 5 flips it around from the other side, with Magneto-esque BigBad Samuel who doesn't seem to give a damn about the lives of {{Muggles}} and periodically secretly arranges their deaths to further his agenda. On the other hand, his agenda seems to be to try to create a sanctuary for superpowered humans to live free of persecution. On the ''other'' other hand, doing so seems to involve getting in bed with, you guessed it, ''Sylar'' again.
* ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' has Jordan Collier's faction. By the end of the series, he has no problem with mass promicin injections (the chemical that was used to give the 4400 super powers). This might be fine, if it weren't for that 50% casualty rate. Disturbingly enough, he may be right.



* In ''Series/TheXFiles'', no-one even believes mutants and monsters exist (other than those two nobodies working out of the basement whom no-one takes seriously), and 90% of them are psychotic spree killers who get killed by the end of the episode anyway. This is a damn shame, as they'd be one HELL of an advantage for the Earth Home Team when that Alien Invasion finally hits.



* An episode of ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' had psychic teens who called it "the Normie Problem". In the end, of course, they learn that the greatest power of all is ThePowerOfFriendship.
* In ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' the more dickish Nietzscheans consider humans worthless - and the Knights of Genetic Purity consider the Nietzscheans (and all others with genetic mods) an abomination.

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* An episode of ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' had psychic teens who called it "the Normie Problem". In the end, of course, they learn that the greatest power of all is ThePowerOfFriendship.
* In ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' the more dickish Nietzscheans consider humans worthless - and ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', the Knights of Genetic Purity consider the Nietzscheans (and all others with genetic mods) an abomination.



** In the backstory, the Eugenic Wars between genetically engineered and other humans, leading to genetic augmentation becoming a forbidden technique. They apparently got over this in later years; genetic modification for mundane purposes (correcting congenital defects, for example) is perfectly okay, but physical and mental augmentation is still illegal. In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', we find out that part of the problem is that the Augment process seems to create musclebound sociopaths. We also discover that the Denobulans used the technology without problems.
** In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', the Founder Changelings derogatorily call all non-shape-shifters "solids" and struggle to either control or destroy them. This in turn was caused by Changelings being hunted by other species in the past because of their abilities (in "Shadowplay" we see such attitude). Even those Changelings who do not belong to Dominion (like Laas) actually think very little of "solids".

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** In the backstory, the Eugenic Wars between genetically engineered and other humans, leading humans lead to genetic augmentation becoming a forbidden technique. They apparently got over this in later years; genetic modification for mundane purposes (correcting congenital defects, for example) is perfectly okay, but physical and mental augmentation is still illegal. In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', we find out that part of the problem is that the Augment process seems to create musclebound sociopaths. We also discover that the Denobulans used the technology without problems.
** In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', the Founder Changelings derogatorily call all non-shape-shifters "solids" and struggle to either control or destroy them. This in turn was caused by Changelings being hunted by other species in the past because of their abilities (in "Shadowplay" we see such attitude). Even those Changelings who do not belong to Dominion (like Laas) actually think very little of "solids".



** Novas refer to non-Nova humans as "baselines", which technically is just a scientific term for their inability to become a Nova, but is treated as derogatory. Baselines usually fall within two camps: adoring fans or xenophobic champions of genetic purity. Since there's actually no way of telling whether a particular human is able to erupt (become a Nova) or not, a small minority try to provoke their eruption in various ways. Since lethal hazards can give you powers to survive those hazards, you can imagine ''how'' they go about this.
** It turns out the Muggles DO have something to fear from the Novas -- the use of Quantum powers eventually mutates them into dramatically inhuman Aberrants, who form the primary enemy for its predecessor, ''Trinity''. Oddly enough, the heroes in ''Trinity'' are, themselves, no longer Muggles -- they're powerful psychics, instead. On the other hand, the big reason Novas were willing to embrace Taint is for survival and revenge, because [[spoiler: the ostensibly good MutantDraftBoard Project Utopia was sterilising all of its recruits to ensure they wouldn't breed further; the Aeon War that caused the ''Trinity'' setting to exist in the first place? Yeah, that got started when the truth about Project Utopia finally got out to the public and Novas... didn't take it well.]]

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** Novas refer to non-Nova humans as "baselines", which technically is just a scientific term for their inability Those unable to become a Nova, but is treated as derogatory. Baselines Novas usually fall within two camps: adoring fans or xenophobic champions of genetic purity. Since there's actually no way of telling whether a particular human is able to erupt (become a Nova) or not, a small minority try to provoke their eruption in various ways. Since lethal hazards can give you powers to survive those hazards, you can imagine ''how'' they go about this.
** It turns out the Muggles DO have something to fear from the Novas -- the use of Quantum powers eventually mutates them into dramatically inhuman Aberrants, who form the primary enemy for its predecessor, ''Trinity''. Oddly enough, the heroes in ''Trinity'' are, themselves, no longer Muggles -- they're powerful psychics, instead. On the other hand, the big reason Novas were willing to embrace Taint is for survival and revenge, because [[spoiler: the ostensibly good MutantDraftBoard Project Utopia was sterilising all of its recruits to ensure they wouldn't breed further; the Aeon War that caused the ''Trinity'' setting to exist in the first place? Yeah, that got started when the truth about Project Utopia finally got out to the public and Novas... didn't take it well.]]
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* Played annoyingly straight in ''Literature/{{Wraeththu}}'', where the eponymous [[TheVirus magical hermaphrodites]] have nothing but contempt and genocidal urges towards the surviving humans, even though the Wraeththu are supposed to be the heroes of the setting AND each one was originally human themselves. Oddly, according to those who have read it, the ones who match that description are the ''villains'' among the Wraeththu in the original books, and the heroes were a group the RPG doesn't bother giving even a passing mention.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' secret societies include the mutant supremacist group Psion and the mutant-hating group [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Anti-Mutant]]. Played for laughs, of course. ([[DontExplainTheJoke The joke being]] that ''every'' person in the setting -- other than the theoretically subservient AIs -- is a mutant... and everybody seems to ''know'' it... except for the all-seeing, all-knowing Computer which designates mutants as inferior, genetically treasonous creatures.)
* Many Exalts in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' are less than careful with normal people in the area surrounding them (in the case of countering third-circle spells, an area totalling roughly nine square miles). The Realm in particular has based its 800-year empire on the idea that Terrestrial Exalted are manifestly superior to mortals. (One of the few exceptions to this kind of thing: Paragon is adamantly pro-mortal because its ruler is a mere enlightened mortal himself, although he's currently a little bitter that with Solar Exaltations flying around he hasn't had a shot at becoming a Twilight Caste yet.)
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' doesn't so much use type 2 as it inverts the trope -- "[[PsychicPowers psykers]]" are the ones who're considered tools rather than people. Understandable, since it's best not to get attached to someone who has the potential to accidentally open a gateway to Hell. ([[CrapsackWorld This is not exaggeration]])
* ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' discusses what happens when the supernatural element is scared senseless of breaking the masquerade. They liken the supernatural elements to being worst enemies trapped in a room with a sleeping tiger -- if they fight and wake the tiger up, they're both dead. Averting this trope is necessary just to stay alive, and the rules feature a complete discussion of just how screwed you are if you're the one to wake the muggles up. (Imagine a soccer riot or worse with ''you'' as the object of its fury.)
* There was a similar vein in the ''TabletopGame/WorldOfDarkness'', but as the setting developed it fell to the background as the masquerade became an ExtraStrengthMasquerade as each splat book kept upping the supernatural ante yet the muggles never caught on. Still, regardless of which game you played, your superiors would avert this trope out of a healthy fear of muggle rage, and if that meant putting you in a body bag, so be it.

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* Played annoyingly straight in ''Literature/{{Wraeththu}}'', where the eponymous [[TheVirus magical hermaphrodites]] have nothing but contempt and genocidal urges towards the surviving humans, even though the Wraeththu are supposed to be the heroes of the setting AND each one was originally human themselves. Oddly, according to those who have read it, the ones who match that description are the ''villains'' among the Wraeththu in the original books, and the heroes were a group the RPG doesn't bother giving even a passing mention.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' secret societies include the mutant supremacist group Psion and the mutant-hating group [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Anti-Mutant]]. Played for laughs, Of course all of course. ([[DontExplainTheJoke The joke being]] that this is just a farce, because ''every'' person in the setting -- other than the theoretically subservient AIs -- is a mutant... and everybody seems to ''know'' it... except for the all-seeing, all-knowing Computer which designates mutants as inferior, genetically treasonous creatures.)
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* Many Exalts in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' are less than careful with normal people in the area surrounding them (in the case of countering third-circle spells, an area totalling roughly nine square miles). The Realm in particular has based its 800-year empire on the idea that Terrestrial Exalted are manifestly superior to mortals. (One of the few exceptions to this kind of thing: Paragon is adamantly pro-mortal because its ruler is a mere enlightened mortal himself, although he's currently a little bitter that with Solar Exaltations flying around he hasn't had a shot at becoming a Twilight Caste yet.)
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' doesn't so much use type 2 as it inverts the trope --
In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', "[[PsychicPowers psykers]]" are the ones who're considered tools rather than people. Understandable, since it's best not to get attached to someone who has the potential to accidentally open a gateway to Hell. ([[CrapsackWorld This is not exaggeration]])
* ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' discusses what happens when the supernatural element is scared senseless of breaking the masquerade. They liken the supernatural elements to being worst enemies trapped in a room with a sleeping tiger -- if they fight and wake the tiger up, they're both dead. Averting this trope Maintaining the masquerade is necessary just to stay alive, and the rules feature a complete discussion of just how screwed you are if you're the one to wake the muggles up. (Imagine a soccer riot or worse with ''you'' as the object of its fury.)
* There was a similar vein in the ''TabletopGame/WorldOfDarkness'', but as the setting developed it fell to the background as the masquerade became an ExtraStrengthMasquerade as each splat book kept upping the supernatural ante yet the muggles never caught on. Still, regardless of which game you played, your superiors would avert this trope out of have a healthy fear of muggle rage, and if that meant putting you in a body bag, so be it.



* Taken to every logical conclusion within ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' and ''VideoGame/CityOfVillains''. While the setting holds enough HeroicWillpower for even the most ridiculous {{Charles Atlas Superpower}}s to work, there are still a lot of {{Muggles}}. Reactions vary from essentially worshipping Heroes like the Paragon City Civilians do, putting on the kevlar and facing down the super-powered villains like the Paragon City Police, living in terror like Rogue Island civilians, putting on the kevlar and facing down the super-powered heroes for later brainwashing like Malta, or joining the various villain groups for PsychoSerum or protection.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce 3'', Joker invokes this during his degrading of Luna, who walked in at the worst possible time (while Mega Man and Jack Corvus were tangled in combat). Shortly afterwards is the PlayerPunch - he skips both the steps in the trope description and outright ''kills her'' - and then [[EvilLaugh laughs]] about it. That sound you heard was the harshest plot whiplash in the history of the continuity.
* ''VideoGame/AzureStrikerGunvolt''[='s=] [[TheRival Copen]] lives in a future where people with powerful psychic abilities known as Adepts have ravaged the world outside of the city where the game and its sequel take place, and the MegaCorp that practically owns the city subjugates the ones that do live within the city to further their grip on the world. His soltuion? Take both options. [[PowerCopying He copies of powers of fallen Adepts]] using his advanced weapons and uses them to further his goal of wiping Adepts from the face of the planet, including TheHero, because [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity he believes Adepts are irredeemable monsters who are too dangerous to be allowed to live]]... [[{{Revenge}} and because one killed his father]].

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* Taken to every logical conclusion within While the setting of ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' and ''VideoGame/CityOfVillains''. While the setting ''VideoGame/CityOfVillains'' holds enough HeroicWillpower for even the most ridiculous {{Charles Atlas Superpower}}s to work, there are still a lot of {{Muggles}}. Reactions vary from essentially worshipping Heroes like the Paragon City Civilians do, putting on the kevlar and facing down the super-powered villains like the Paragon City Police, living in terror like Rogue Island civilians, putting on the kevlar and facing down the super-powered heroes for later brainwashing like Malta, or joining the various villain groups for PsychoSerum or protection.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce 3'', Joker invokes this during his degrading of Luna, who walked in at the worst possible time (while Mega Man and Jack Corvus were tangled in combat). Shortly afterwards is the PlayerPunch - he skips both the steps in the trope description and outright ''kills her'' - and then [[EvilLaugh laughs]] about it. That sound you heard was the harshest plot whiplash in the history of the continuity.
* ''VideoGame/AzureStrikerGunvolt''[='s=] [[TheRival Copen]] lives in a future where people with powerful psychic abilities known as Adepts have ravaged the world outside of the city where the game and its sequel take place, and the MegaCorp that practically owns the city subjugates the ones that do live within the city to further their grip on the world. His soltuion? Take both options. solution? [[PowerCopying He copies of powers of fallen Adepts]] using his advanced weapons and uses them to further his goal of wiping Adepts from the face of the planet, including TheHero, because [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity he believes Adepts are irredeemable monsters who are too dangerous to be allowed to live]]... [[{{Revenge}} and because one killed his father]].



* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', there's practically a war going on over this trope. "Humanity First!" is a world-wide grass roots anti-mutant organization (with backing from the richest family on earth), and the more radical members have tracked down and murdered new mutants. "Evolution Rocks" is an underground group of mutants who are basically anti-baseline. America's Department of Paranormal Affairs is having it out with the non-governmental agency the Mutant Commission Office, which may be kidnapping young mutants for experimentation.
* For the most part, this is avoided in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', even by the villains. Of course, there is a reason why there are so many derogatory slang words for normal humans. "Mere" (as in "merely man"), "flatline", "baseline", and "Norman" (as in "Norman Normal") are just four examples. [[NebulousEvilOrganisation TAROT]] funds a lot of anti-superhuman "grassroots" organizations, and bribes politicians worldwide to legally restrict superheroes. The ultimate goal, of course, is to make it harder for the heroes to interfere with their operations, but a side effect is a growing hostility in some quarters between normal human beings and supers.
* ''[[http://shivae.net/pure/ PURE]]'' by Tiffany Ross (author of ''Webcomic/AlienDice'' and ''Webcomic/TheCyantianChronicles'') portrayed a [[TheSocialDarwinist socially Darwinistic]] country where people who don't develop superpowers or genius-level [=IQs=] before the age of 18 are euthanized. "Subbers" who get bionics to mimic powers are incinerated on sight.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', within a couple years of the first superheroes appearing, the superheroine [[FlyingBrick Alexandria]] anticipates this and acts to prevent it by creating the Protectorate -- a government-controlled SuperTeam beholden to the Parahuman Response Team. By recruiting the most powerful superheroes in the country, Alexandria is able to maintain a balance of power, giving normal people control over parahumans but also making it clear that if the Protectorate was pushed they could easily topple the government. Within twenty years the Protectorate is the only game in town. Of course, the fact that [[spoiler:Alexandria's civilian identity is Rebecca Costa-Brown, Chief Director of the PRT,]] doesn't hurt.
* In the eponymous continent-sized MonsterTown of WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}}, humans are treated like lab rats by the mutants and monsters that inhabit the city, sometimes as test subjects, sometimes as pets and sometimes as food. Of course, this is slightly {{subverted|Trope}} by the fact that nobody inside the city is really bothered by this, including the humans themselves, as they see it as "just the way things go". Some humans will even volunteer themselves for experiments in the hopes of getting a more powerful form.

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* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', there's practically a war going on over this trope. "Humanity First!" is a world-wide grass roots anti-mutant organization (with backing from the richest family on earth), and the more radical members have tracked down and murdered new mutants. "Evolution Rocks" is an underground group of mutants who are basically anti-baseline. America's Department of Paranormal Affairs is having it out with the non-governmental agency the Mutant Commission Office, which may be kidnapping young mutants for experimentation.
mutants.
* For the most part, this is avoided in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', even by the villains. Of course, there is a reason why there are so many derogatory slang words for normal humans. "Mere" (as in "merely man"), "flatline", "baseline", and "Norman" (as in "Norman Normal") are just four examples. ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'': [[NebulousEvilOrganisation TAROT]] funds a lot of anti-superhuman "grassroots" organizations, and bribes politicians worldwide to legally restrict superheroes. The ultimate goal, of course, is to make it harder for the heroes to interfere with their operations, but a side effect is a growing hostility in some quarters between normal human beings and supers.
* ''[[http://shivae.net/pure/ PURE]]'' by Tiffany Ross (author of ''Webcomic/AlienDice'' and ''Webcomic/TheCyantianChronicles'') portrayed a [[TheSocialDarwinist socially Darwinistic]] country where people who don't develop superpowers or genius-level [=IQs=] before the age of 18 are euthanized. "Subbers" who get bionics to mimic powers are incinerated on sight.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', within a couple years of the first superheroes appearing, the superheroine [[FlyingBrick Alexandria]] anticipates this and acts to prevent it by creating the Protectorate -- a government-controlled SuperTeam beholden to the Parahuman Response Team. By recruiting the most powerful superheroes in the country, Alexandria is able to maintain a balance of power, giving normal people control over parahumans but also making it clear that if the Protectorate was pushed they could easily topple the government. Within twenty years the Protectorate is the only game in town. Of course, the fact that [[spoiler:Alexandria's civilian identity is Rebecca Costa-Brown, Chief Director of the PRT,]] doesn't hurt.
* In the eponymous continent-sized MonsterTown of WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}}, humans are treated like lab rats by the mutants and monsters that inhabit the city, sometimes as test subjects, sometimes as pets and sometimes as food. Of course, this is slightly {{subverted|Trope}} by the fact that nobody inside the city is really bothered by this, including the humans themselves, as they see it as "just the way things go". Some humans will even volunteer themselves for experiments in the hopes of getting a more powerful form.
supers.
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* The manga ''eV'' from James Farr seems to be experimenting with this somewhat. The main character was exposed to a serum that turns her into something approaching deity in terms of power... but only after the previous 77 candidates for receiving the serum had been murdered by fearful religious zealots.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' shows [[{{Masquerade}} the few humans aware of Contractors]] having a "if you can't beat 'em, '''employ''' them" attitude, with the majority of the Contractors being aggressively headhunted and employed as [[strike:human weapons]] 'special operatives' by various national security agencies like MI6, the CIA, or by [[TheSyndicate the mysterious criminal 'syndicate']] that employs Hei. [[spoiler:It eventually turns out that all these agencies are part of a single conspiracy to wipe contractors clean off the face of the Earth. This led to the formation of a LaResistance-style group determined to wall off the Gates so that the Contractor-genocide wouldn't be possible, even though they would have wiped out all of Japan in the process. Hei [[TakeAThirdOption does not approve of either option.]]]]
* Justified in ''Manga/DGrayMan''. [[TheChosenMany Exorcists]] are the only ones capables of destroying Akumas, and they are way stronger than normal humans. The muggles try to help nonetheless by joining the Black Order. The trope is lampshaded in the first volume in the conversation between Kanda and F finder. The mook claims that he should be more empathetic with them but Kanda replies that all they can do is support and as such they are expandable.
** Much later, the series introduces the Third Exorcists, {{Badass Normal}}s who were frustrated by not being able to destroy Akumas. As a consequence they [[spoiler: volunteered for a human experiment that transformed them into Human-akuma hybrids]].
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex '' is a more limited example.
** Academy City is essentially filled with superpowered kids (espers) for purposes on educating and training them on the use of their powers in one centralized location. However, their powers are ranked on a scale of 0 to 5, with level 0s basically being normal humans since their powers are so weak. Level 0s are sometimes considered social outcasts and tend to be bullied by more powerful espers. This leads many level 0s to try and find a way to boost their powers, even if such methods are morally questionable.
** Explored further in ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' in the Level Upper arc, in which the eponymous Level Upper is making its way into the hands of Level 0s, allowing them to temporarily gain abilities (or increase the level of ability users) [[spoiler:at the cost of eventual comatose.]]

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* The manga ''eV'' from James Farr seems to be experimenting with this somewhat. The main character was exposed to a serum that turns her into something approaching deity in terms of power... but only after the previous 77 candidates for receiving the serum had been murdered by fearful religious zealots.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' shows [[{{Masquerade}} the few humans aware of Contractors]] having a "if you can't beat 'em, '''employ''' them" attitude, with the majority of the Contractors being aggressively headhunted and employed as [[strike:human weapons]] 'special operatives' '[[LivingWeapon special operatives]]' by various national security agencies like MI6, the CIA, or by [[TheSyndicate the mysterious criminal 'syndicate']] that employs Hei. [[spoiler:It eventually turns out that all these agencies are part of a single conspiracy to [[FinalSolution wipe contractors clean off the face of the Earth.Earth]]. This led to the formation of a LaResistance-style group determined to wall off the Gates so that the Contractor-genocide wouldn't be possible, even though they would have wiped out all of Japan in the process. Hei [[TakeAThirdOption does not approve of either option.]]]]
* Justified in ''Manga/DGrayMan''. [[TheChosenMany Exorcists]] are the only ones capables of destroying Akumas, and they are way stronger than normal humans. ''Manga/DGrayMan'': Only Exorcists can kill Akuma. The muggles try to help nonetheless by joining the Black Order. The trope is lampshaded in the first volume in the conversation between Kanda and F finder. The mook claims that he should be more empathetic with them but Kanda replies that all they can do is support and as such they are expandable.
** Much later, the series introduces the
Third Exorcists, {{Badass Normal}}s Exorcists was formed by non-exorcists who were frustrated by not being able with this (and how the [[CreatureHunterOrganization Black Order]] treats the regular humans who try to destroy Akumas. As help anyway as expendable), and as a consequence they [[spoiler: volunteered for a human experiment that transformed them into Human-akuma hybrids]].
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex '' is a more limited example.
''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** Academy City is essentially filled with superpowered kids (espers) for purposes on educating and training them on the use of their powers in one centralized location. However, their powers are ranked on a scale of 0 to 5, with level 0s basically being normal humans since their powers are so weak. [[SuperSupremacist Level 0s are sometimes considered social outcasts and tend to be bullied by more powerful espers. espers.]] This leads many level 0s to try and find a way to boost their powers, even if such methods are morally questionable.
** Explored further in
questionable. In the Level Upper arc of ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' , in the Level Upper arc, in which the eponymous Level Upper is making its way into the hands of Level 0s, allowing them to temporarily gain abilities (or increase the level of ability users) [[spoiler:at the cost of eventual comatose.]]



** However, Level 0's are shown to be immune to the "Capacity Down" anti-esper sonic weapon, which completely disables any espers who hear it.
* ''Anime/{{Scryed}}'', basically the Japanese take on ''X-Men''.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' does the second option: there are a group of Naturals (unmodified humans) known as Blue Cosmos who seek to eradicate Coordinators (genetically-enhanced humans) because they believe they're "impure". In fact, Blue Cosmos' motto is "For the preservation of our Blue And Pure World". Their actions have started two massive wars because of this. Not bad for a group that started out as an environmental protection group! It was mostly because they were backed by LOGOS, an organization that's about WarForFunAndProfit.
* [[TheTeamNormal Souichi]] from ''Manga/SnowWhiteAndSevenDwarfs'' actually ''was'' a [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual tekigousha]] in the past, but [[DePower lost his ability]] -- which, at the time, didn't seem like such a bad thing, as [[PowerDegeneration said ability was killing him]]. Now, though, he fears that his lack of super powers will make him the weakest link among the heroes (not helped by him also being a HandicappedBadass), and so he desperately wants his old ability back.
%%* [[BigBad The group PANDRA]] takes this approach, and feel that they should be destroyed for the protection of Espers.

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** However, Level 0's are shown to be immune to the "Capacity Down" anti-esper sonic weapon, which completely disables any espers who hear it.
* ''Anime/{{Scryed}}'', basically the Japanese take on ''X-Men''.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' does the second option: there
''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'': There are a group of Naturals (unmodified humans) known as Blue Cosmos who seek to eradicate Coordinators (genetically-enhanced humans) because they believe they're "impure". In fact, Blue Cosmos' motto is "For the preservation of our Blue And Pure World". Their actions have started two massive wars because of this. Not bad for a group that started out as an environmental protection group! It was mostly because they were backed by LOGOS, an organization that's about WarForFunAndProfit.
* [[TheTeamNormal Souichi]] from ''Manga/SnowWhiteAndSevenDwarfs'' actually ''was'' a [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual tekigousha]] in the past, but [[DePower lost his ability]] -- which, at the time, didn't seem like such a bad thing, as [[PowerDegeneration said ability was killing him]]. Now, though, he fears that his lack of super powers will make him the weakest link among the heroes (not helped by him also being a HandicappedBadass), and so he desperately wants his old ability back.
%%* [[BigBad The group PANDRA]] takes this approach, and feel that they should be destroyed for the protection of Espers.
WarForFunAndProfit.



** The X-Men themselves have flirted with this during the Decimation event. After "M-Day," no more mutants can be born, and the X-Men have dedicated all their resources to finding a way to change that. The thing is, they ''can'' still have children, they just won't be mutants. The X-Men see it as heroically striving to prevent the extinction of mutants; in practice, it means they're literally moving heaven and earth to ensure their children won't be born as *gasp* ''normal humans''.



* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s role in any DC comic where he works alongside DC's other, superpowered heroes and fights superpowered villains tends to invoke this trope. Not only is he acutely aware of the extent, and limit, of all of the powers of every DC character, he takes it upon himself to put in place "contingency plans" to disable or otherwise render harmless all of said characters in the case that they ever went rogue. He ends up proving this point since the making of these plans and the incompetence and compromise of his security allows him to [[spoiler:be the weakest link for the likes of Ra's Al Ghul, who ''knows'' Batman very well, to infiltrate and neutralize the Justice League]].
* ''ComicBook/SupremePower'' spends several issues with Mark, a.k.a. Hyperion, mulling over how he and other supers like the Blur fit inside of normal society's rules. His conclusion? [[{{Ubermensch}} They don't]]. They are outside the system. The fact that this is dangerously close to the ethos followed by his EvilCounterpart Michael Redstone doesn't seem to occur to him. This line of thought is not helped by the U.S. government setting a trap with six [[NuclearWeaponsTaboo Daisy Cutter bombs]] in an underground base for fear of him.



* Alan Moore's Comicbook/{{Miracleman}}[=/=]Marvelman was one of the first to use this trope. The government-created supers turn out to be too powerful for the government's liking, so it tries to kill them all. [[spoiler:It doesn't work, and the supers and aliens take over the world for its own good. Eventually, everyone is offered the chance to become superhuman. There is some musing on some fundamental humanity that they have lost in becoming superhuman.]]

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* In Alan Moore's Comicbook/{{Miracleman}}[=/=]Marvelman was one of Comicbook/{{Miracleman}}[=/=]Marvelman, the first to use this trope. The government-created supers turn out to be too powerful for the government's liking, so it tries to kill them all. [[spoiler:It doesn't work, and the supers and aliens take over the world for its own good. Eventually, everyone is offered the chance to become superhuman. There is some musing on some fundamental humanity that they have lost in becoming superhuman.]]



* The first version was averted with ''[[ComicBook/MarvelComics2 American Dream]]''. She idolized Captain America and decided to ask superheroes for training to become one (of the BadassNormal type). It worked.

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* The first version was averted with ''[[ComicBook/MarvelComics2 [[ComicBook/MarvelComics2 American Dream]]''. She Dream]] idolized Captain America and decided to ask superheroes for training to become one (of the BadassNormal type). It worked.



* Although not really part of this trope, Gwen Stacy, in her introduction into ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', asks this very question, making a RousingSpeech about where the line is drawn on superpowers; how is being able to [[ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} shoot blasts from your eyes]] different from having a photographic memory, or being really good at math? The [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Universe]] is prone to playing this trope straight, as well.
* ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'' has a similar exchange during Brian K. Vaughun's run; as two police officers investigate the murder of a young mutant (probably the Ultimate equivalent of Marrow), one of them makes a comment on the nature of mutants. The other officer says that she was born with a thirteenth rib, and asks if that makes ''her'' a mutant.
* One bit that happened during one ''ComicBook/XMen'' storyline where a Mutant Registration Act was being proposed...''again''...but having Congress stop dead in its tracks in enacting it when they were quietly informed that a significant number of Representatives and Senators themselves were mutants, possessing assorted weak abilities capable of unconsciously influencing people which had, unknowingly, given them the advantage when they'd become politicians.
* IDW's ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'' series uses this trope as well. When the Decepticons were recouping from Megatron's apparent death, the Autobots were being hunted by Skywatch, a government group that acquired Cybertronian technology. While Skywatch eventually comes on somewhat friendly terms with the Autobots, a new group known as Earth's Children rises up, wishing for the removal of all Transformers, and apparently headed by a really SmugSnake. [[spoiler: Who turns out to be a [[ArtificialHuman facsimile]] for Swindle to stir conflict and make a market for him.]]

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* Although not really part of this trope, Gwen Stacy, in her introduction into ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', asks this very question, making a RousingSpeech about where the line is drawn on superpowers; how is being able to [[ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} shoot blasts from your eyes]] different from having a photographic memory, or being really good at math? The [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Universe]] is prone to playing this trope straight, as well.
* ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'' has a similar exchange during Brian K. Vaughun's run; as two police officers investigate the murder of a young mutant (probably the Ultimate equivalent of Marrow), one of them makes a comment on the nature of mutants. The other officer says that she was born with a thirteenth rib, and asks if that makes ''her'' a mutant.
* One bit that happened during one ''ComicBook/XMen'' storyline where a Mutant Registration Act was being proposed...''again''...but having Congress stop dead in its tracks in enacting it when they were quietly informed that a significant number of Representatives and Senators themselves were mutants, possessing assorted weak abilities capable of unconsciously influencing people which had, unknowingly, given them the advantage when they'd become politicians.
* IDW's ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'' series uses this trope as well. Transformers]]'': When the Decepticons were recouping from Megatron's apparent death, the Autobots were being hunted by Skywatch, a government group that acquired Cybertronian technology. While Skywatch eventually comes on somewhat friendly terms with the Autobots, a new group known as Earth's Children rises up, wishing for the removal of all Transformers, and apparently headed by a really SmugSnake. [[spoiler: Who turns out to be a [[ArtificialHuman facsimile]] for Swindle to stir conflict and make a market for him.]]



** It's become fairly common for Superman's {{archenemy}}, ComicBook/LexLuthor, to be portrayed as a pro-human/anti-alien extremist who sees himself as a Prometheus figure, stealing fire from the gods to give to the rest of humanity[[note]]In the original myth, Prometheus was himself a God, who was merely opposed to Zeus' tyranny, and wanted to ensure that humanity wouldn't be entirely slaves for which he is punished. He is far more analogous to Jor-El who as scientist dissented from native Kryptonians and sought to fling a light into the future, and whose son Superman, associated with the Sun, serves humanity. In other words, Prometheus is about helping people resist tyranny not human arrogance and hubris[[/note]]. While his position is ultimately self-serving, Luthor's argument that superhumans hold humanity back from truly excelling is one that resonates with some people in-universe and out.
** The Guardians of the Universe expressed this concern to Superman as well. Afterwards Superman is sometimes shown to be concerned about how he might be coddling humanity.
** Arion wanted to destroy Superman for similar reasons. He felt like Superman was propping the world up to the point that when he broke, it would crush humanity.

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** It's become fairly common for Superman's {{archenemy}}, ComicBook/LexLuthor, to be portrayed as a pro-human/anti-alien extremist who sees himself as a Prometheus figure, stealing fire from the gods to give to the rest of humanity[[note]]In the original myth, Prometheus was himself a God, who was merely opposed to Zeus' tyranny, and wanted to ensure that enabling humanity wouldn't be entirely slaves for which he is punished. He is far more analogous to Jor-El who as scientist dissented from native Kryptonians and sought to fling a light into the future, and whose son Superman, associated with the Sun, serves humanity. In other words, Prometheus is about helping people resist tyranny not human arrogance and hubris[[/note]].stand on its own two feet. While his position is ultimately self-serving, Luthor's argument that superhumans hold humanity back from truly excelling is one that resonates with some people in-universe and out.
** The Guardians of the Universe expressed this concern to Superman as well. Afterwards Superman is sometimes shown to be concerned about how he might be coddling humanity.
** Arion wanted to destroy Superman for similar reasons. He because he felt like Superman was propping the world up to the point that when he broke, it would crush humanity.
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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'':
** The second season deals with the US government's efforts to build a force capable of stopping the JLU in the event they go rogue. Naturally, they ends up going the route of the WellIntentionedExtremist and a bit of JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope when their efforts includes such things as creating TykeBomb SuperSoldier {{clon|ingBlues}}es with a shelf life shorter than a decade, trusting Comicbook/LexLuthor and other super criminals, as well as turning JLU member ComicBook/CaptainAtom against Franchise/{{Superman}}. The pilot of JLU specifically says that the non-super ComicBook/GreenArrow is a member specifically to call them on abuses of power. There's also that evil psychopathic Supergirl clone, and that "super soldier" serum that turns the general into a mutant monster, and...
** [[BewareTheSuperman The Justice Lords are an example where humans ''do'' have something to fear from metahumans.]] This knowledge is what drove ComicBook/TheQuestion into [[GoMadFromTheRevelation such a tizzy]].
* [[RichBitch Princess]] from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' wanted to be a Powerpuff Girl, but she didn't have any powers, so she gets technology that imitates their powers. Blossom outright tells her that her problem isn't lacking the ''powers'', it's that she's a spoiled, selfish brat who doesn't want to be a Powerpuff Girl because she wants to help people, but because she just wants to be one for the sake of wanting it.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'':
**
In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' SuperheroEpisode, the Griffins abuse their powers to exploit the general populace, inspiring a comically poor attempt by Mayor Adam West to get his own powers by replicating their [[ILoveNuclearPower nuclear origin]], which just ends up giving him lymphoma. The crazy part is this actually ''succeeds'' at stopping the Griffins, because seeing how desperate they made him causes a HeelRealization.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'':
The second season deals with the US government's efforts to build a force capable of stopping the JLU in the event they go rogue. Naturally, they ends end up going the route of the WellIntentionedExtremist and a bit of JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope when their efforts includes such things as creating TykeBomb SuperSoldier {{clon|ingBlues}}es with a shelf life shorter than a decade, trusting Comicbook/LexLuthor and other super criminals, as well as turning JLU member ComicBook/CaptainAtom against Franchise/{{Superman}}. The pilot of JLU specifically says that the non-super ComicBook/GreenArrow is a member specifically to call them on abuses of power. There's also that evil psychopathic Supergirl clone, and that "super soldier" serum that turns the general into a mutant monster, and...
** [[BewareTheSuperman The Justice Lords are an example where humans ''do'' have something to fear from metahumans.]] This knowledge is what drove ComicBook/TheQuestion into [[GoMadFromTheRevelation such a tizzy]].
* [[RichBitch Princess]] from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' wanted to be a Powerpuff Girl, but she didn't have any powers, so she gets technology that imitates their powers. Blossom outright tells her that her problem isn't lacking the ''powers'', it's that she's a spoiled, selfish brat who doesn't want to be a Powerpuff Girl because she wants to help people, but because she just wants to be one for the sake of wanting it.


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* [[RichBitch Princess]] from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' wanted to be a Powerpuff Girl, but she didn't have any powers, so she gets technology that imitates their powers. Blossom outright tells her that her problem isn't lacking the ''powers'', it's that she's a spoiled, selfish brat who doesn't want to be a Powerpuff Girl because she wants to help people, but because she just wants to be one for the sake of wanting it.
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* ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Almost completely averted in [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender the original show]]. Both benders and non-benders are pretty much treated the same, except for situations where the ability to bend would be necessary or useful. Toph does once, however, make the comment that their team consisted of ''three'' people (Aang, Katara and herself), because Sokka couldn't bend. When Sokka protests, she amends it to: "Okay, three people ''[[MyFriendsAndZoidberg plus Sokka]]''". Funnily enough, two of the three they were up against were also non-benders.
** The sequel series, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', begins with the main character having to deal with a violent uprising of people who can't bend the elements, who can now use technology, martial arts, and superior numbers to threaten the democratic government of Republic City. While these "Equalists" are essentially terrorists who simply turn oppression on benders, it is shown that non-benders have less economic opportunity than benders, that they all live in one ghetto, and that all five people on the city council are part of the bending minority. Their cause is only further legitimized when the city council approves measures to cut off power to the non-bending ghetto and to arrest non-bending civilians without trials.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' had [[AlphaBitch Pretty]] and [[NiceGirl Kaeloo]] fight over [[AllGirlsLikePonies a horse]]. Suddenly, a unicorn shows up [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment out of nowhere]], prompting Kaeloo to forget about the horse and get the unicorn. Pretty angrily screams and cries until another unicorn shows up, causing her to [[BlackComedyBurst shoot the "normal" horse]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries,'' [[FantasticRacism Tim the Witch Smeller]] came to hate witches because of this trope -- he grew up mocked for being a MuggleBornOfMages, apparently a unique case in this series.

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* ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Almost completely averted in [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender the original show]]. Both benders and non-benders are pretty much treated the same, except for situations where the ability to bend would be necessary or useful. Toph does once, however, make the comment that their team consisted of ''three'' people (Aang, Katara and herself), because Sokka couldn't bend. When Sokka protests, she amends it to: "Okay, three people ''[[MyFriendsAndZoidberg plus Sokka]]''". Funnily enough, two of the three they were up against were also non-benders.
** The sequel series, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'',
''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' begins with the main character having to deal with a violent uprising of people who can't bend the elements, who can now and so use technology, martial arts, and superior numbers to threaten the democratic government of Republic City. While these "Equalists" are essentially terrorists who simply turn oppression on benders, it is shown that non-benders have less economic opportunity and social clout than benders, that they all live in one ghetto, and that all benders (all five people on the city council are part of the bending minority.minority). Their cause is only further legitimized when the city council approves measures to cut off power to the non-bending ghetto and to arrest non-bending civilians without trials.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' had [[AlphaBitch Pretty]] and [[NiceGirl Kaeloo]] fight over [[AllGirlsLikePonies a horse]]. Suddenly, a unicorn shows up [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment out of nowhere]], prompting Kaeloo to forget about the horse and get the unicorn. Pretty angrily screams and cries until another unicorn shows up, causing her to [[BlackComedyBurst shoot the "normal" horse]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries,'' [[FantasticRacism [[TheWitchHunter Tim the Witch Smeller]] came to hate has a murderous hatred for witches because of this trope -- he grew up mocked for being a MuggleBornOfMages, apparently a unique case in this series.
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